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Man loses leg in accident at work

BAM Nuttall was the principal contractor on a new Network Rail project that required the demolition and replacement of Pouparts Bridge in south London. The lifting elements of the project were subcontracted to another company.
On 27 December 2010, during replacement works on the bridge, a worker’s leg was crushed by a multi-tonne concrete and steel beam that was being transferred to a new position on the bridge. The beam toppled over and fell on the worker’s leg, crushing it from just above the ankle. The severity of the injury was such that the doctors had no other option but to amputate the leg.
According to the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR), BAM Nuttall did not properly plan the activities involving the loading and unloading of the beams or the access-related risks, as per the ORR standards, which led to the accident.
Southwark Crown Court was also informed that the workers assigned to the loading and unloading works were not properly informed of possible instability issues with regards to the six-tonne beams.
BAM Nuttall was under obligation to adequately plan, monitor, and manage all loading and unloading works, as well as to take proper measures to ensure the safety of the workers handling the heavy concrete beams. Its failure to do so was a direct violation of Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
In addition to the £140,000 fine, the company was ordered to pay £42,700 to cover the prosecution costs. If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident at work, call us on  01302 320621. We are workplace injury solicitors and can help you with your claim for compensation.

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